Introduce your students to safe Internet use and the wealth of interactive and rewarding educational games that the World Wide Web has to offer. Below is a sampling of educational gaming sites to play and learn on:
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic is no longer simply collage fodder for elementary school students. The National Geographic Kids website provides the high quality educational and multimedia materials that you have come to expect from the company. The educational games on the site are informative and far-reaching, with quizzes, puzzles, adventure games and geography games.
If you teach little ones, UptoTen.com’s Boowa and Koala series is perfect for teaching basic math, reading, music, decision-making and more. The sites colorful graphics and 800+ games make this the perfect tool chest for pre-K and kindergarten teachers and parents, especially during the summer months.
Nobel Prize Games
If you’ve ever thought “I wish I could teach my students about the Nobel Laureates, but I have no clue how!” The interactive content on NobelPrize.org is your answer. Full of enlightening games and histories of important Nobel Prizes in all disciplines, this site will challenge and inform your brain no matter your age. The content may be difficult for younger students, but it is ideal for High School.
With loads of educational content, quizzes and games it is hard to tear yourself away from Sheppard Software. You can click through their collection, or scroll to the bottom of the page for Recommended Content for each level: Preschool/Kindergarten, Elementary/Middle, Middle/High, College and Adult!
With content in six languages (eight if you include music and math), Childtopia is an ideal gaming site for the interconnected world. Play games to boost skills in categories ranging from math to language to creativity and music. This site is also great for Adults who want to practice foreign language skills in a fun and uniquely educational environment!
NASA’s Kids Club
Ever wish you could hop a rocket into outer space? With NASA’s Kids Club, you can do that, and many other exciting and educational games! Games are offered in a range of levels, and many come with educational links. Older kids can also explore NASA’s educational links, which provide games and content for all ages.
Make sure to check out these exciting educational games from Curriki:
- “The Gene Scene” – virtual activities activities on genetics
- “21 Game” – a numbers game that is easy to learn but difficult to master
- “Alpha Words” – matching a photo and its first letter to a word
Do you know of other great educational gaming sites? Share what sites you like to use with students in the comments section of this blog!
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Many of the sites listed were also highlighted in this blog post from Emerging EdTech. Thank you K. Walsh for pointing out such fantastic resources!